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Tokyo: 4-Hour Historical Journey into Akasaka District

Product ID: 137738
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Akasaka is a district in Tokyo that has cultivated a culture symbolized by embassies and high-class eateries. Explore largely unknown hidden gems in the heart of the city.
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Duration 4 hours
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  • Explore the historically rich Akasaka district of Tokyo with a highly knowledgeable local by your side
  • Take in the Toyokawa Inari (shrine) landscape, where hundreds of large and small of foxes are enshrined
  • Pray for good fortune at Toyokawa Inari (shrine)
  • Dive into a sea of handcrafted treasures – more than 3500 varieties – at Aoyama Square
  • Dine where the celebrities and politicians go, at a fine restaurant with great stature
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This tour will gather at JR Yotsuya station and firstly visit a prominent guest house. In 1909, this guest house (a bit of a misnomer – it should be thought of as more of a palatial hotel) was the first Western style grand building in Japan, built by the then crown prince, later Taisho Emperor, with stylistic reference to France’s Versailles. Total construction cost was the equivalent to over 100 billion yen in today’s money. Construction took about ten years, and it used the latest in building chic and decoration technology. It is now used as a facility to host state guests such as foreign kings or presidents, and it is also used as a stage for summit talks and dinner parties.

After visiting the guest house, you will walk for about fifteen minutes and visit the Toyokawa Inari Shrine Tokyo House. Since the latter half of the 19th century, Akasaka has been the gathering place of restaurants and also, as geishas gathered here in the Karyukai, an inflow of people who live with the artists increased. Even now, the area is known as a popular area among prominent celebrities and famous athletes.

Next, you will visit Aoyama Square, which displays and sells selected traditional craft items from all over Japan. A wide range of treasures and handicrafts are available, all made using the finest techniques that will allow for long durable use. The shop invites craftsmen from all over the world to hold workshops from time to time, so you can also often see these artisans at work firsthand. At the end, enjoy a delicious Japanese lunch while learning about restaurant culture in a restaurant symbolizing Akasaka. You will wrap up at Akasaka Mitsuke subway station after lunch.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Tax
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Hotel pick-up

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Meeting point

JR Yotsuya station, Akasaka exit.

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Product ID: 137738